With no television, theatre halls, restaurants to dine out or recreational facilities, ever wondered what the folks living in the remote mountains do for entertainment? For them Festivals and community gatherings are very important as those are the only occasions for merry making and enjoyment. They get to forget their day to day worries, catch up with old friends and relatives and enjoy during these rare occasions. On a recent trek to Tsum valley, our Sherpa and Ole Andersen from Denmark got the opportunity to witness such an occasion at the village of Sama Gaon. Here we share some pictures taken by them.
A family dressed in their finest clothes hurry towards the celebration venue
Paying homage to the learned lamas before the start of the festivity
A round of dancing
and some singing
meeting old friends
Playing dice. Gambling is not frowned upon and is allowed during festive occassions. Men, women and even children indulge in it.
Women playing cards
Tiny tots club
(pics: Explore Himalaya & Ole Andersen)
Trek to Tsum Valley
The guide and drivers were very attentive and looked after us very well.